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JJ/WBGS Program Newsletter No. 11

(March 2006)
This e-newsletter provides you with updates on the JJ/WBGSP activities.

ArrowScaling-Up Program: Regional conference in Nairobi, Kenya
ArrowPublication of abstracts of scholars' Master thesis of the Partnership Universities
Arrow UNESCO-IHE Director visited WBI on February 15, 2006
Arrow Summer Internship for the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) from Columbia University
ArrowJJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum: Overview

II. Scholars News
ArrowStudies at University of Texas at Austin, Public Affairs Program
My experience with the Public Health Program at the University of Liverpool
ArrowProgram Studies at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
ArrowImpressions of the Master Course in Urban Management and Development at IHS – Erasmus University Joint Program, Rotterdam
ArrowExtension for Natural Resource-Based Livelihoods Program at the University of Reading
ArrowMSc in Environmental Engineering and Project Management at the University of Leeds
ArrowLLM program in taxation and international trade at the London School of Economics
ArrowJJ/WBGSP would like to ask the recently graduated scholars to share their impressions and experiences
ArrowProgram assists JJ/WBGSP scholars in their search for employment
ArrowThe JJ/WBGSP publishes abstracts on the scholars' Master thesis

III. Alumni News
ArrowThe first award at the 3rd International Shared Decision Making conference at the University of Ottawa, Canada for Balde, Abdoul from Guinea
ArrowSome experience from my current professional activities 
ArrowThe JJ/WBGSP publishes an alumni roster to present their credentials
ArrowThe JJ/WBGSP publishes alumni abstracts/information of the current research, practical development issues, and/or professional experience

Arrow   Announcement for JJ/WBGSP alumni

IV. Participate in JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!
V. If you need more information about scholarships and JJ/WBGS Program

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  I. JJ/WBGSP News

Scaling-Up Program:
Regional conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on May 11, 2006

The Scaling-Up Program will hold the first regional conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on May 11, 2006. The objectives of this one-day conference are to better leverage the new knowledge generated by the scholars and to strengthen a network of our community. It also aims to facilitate life-long knowledge exchange and to create viable dialogue between development practitioners and scholars.

There are currently 83 scholars from Kenya including both alumnus and active scholars of the Program, making Kenya the second largest home country of the JJ/WBGSP scholars in the Africa region. The alumnus who currently reside in the country are all invited to join this one-day conference.

To capture new knowledge and insights developed by scholars, the partnership universities had been requested to submit their best research papers written by their scholars for the program years of 2004/2005. The World Bank has reviewed the papers and will select the ones that meet the identified requirements for high quality to be awarded and presented at the conference. Also, various presentations particularly addressing to development in Africa will be given by highly qualified development professionals from the World Bank and the Governments of Japan and Kenya, followed by discussions.

The attendance to this conference will be by invitation only. We will be sending the letter of invitation to the Kenyan alumnus. If any alumnus from other country who will be in Kenya at the time of the conference and wish to join, please contact the Scaling-Up Program at: (Please note the Program will not provide travel expenses.)

 Publication of abstracts of scholars' Master thesis of the Partnership Universities

The Scaling-Up Program currently works in cooperation with the partnership universities to have the abstracts of scholars' Master thesis to be submitted and published on the JJ/WBGSP scholarships website.

The Program is accepting only the Master thesis with an abstract included or attached EITHER as a MS Word document OR a PDF file, with the entire document in ONE file. It is a great opportunity to have your research work presented to an international audience through JJ/WBGSP scholarships website. The Program encourages all of you to get involved in this activity.

The Program would like to present appreciation to those who already submitted abstracts of  their Master thesis which have been published on the JJ/WBGSP scholarships website.

Please send us your questions and/or comments regarding the Scaling-Up Program to:

UNESCO-IHE Director visited WBI on February 15, 2006

Professor Richard Meganck, UNESCO-IHE Director visited WBI and had a meeting with Tsutomu Shibata, Senior Adviser for JJ/WBGSP Program and Marie des Neiges Grossas, JJ/WBGSP Program Officer on February 15, 2006. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the cooperation with the Program and future developments. He also visited Mr. Okubo, Executive Director, representing Japan.

Created in 1957, IHE, based in Delft, the Netherlands, is an international education institute providing a host of postgraduate courses and tailor-made training programs in the fields of water, environment and infrastructure. The mandate given by UNESCO to IHE is to:

  • strengthen and mobilize the global educational and knowledge base for
    integrated water resources management; and
  • contribute to meeting the water-related capacity building needs of the
    developing countries and countries in transition.

The first scholar to be sponsored by the JJ/WBGSP at IHE was in 1990. Over the years the number of JJ/WBGSP scholars who have studied at UNESCO-IHE totals 161 coming from 55 different counties, from all regions of the world.

Summer Internship for the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) from Columbia University

Arvid J. Lukauskas, Director of the School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA) and Maya Haddow, Asstant Director on the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) from Columbia University visited WBI on February 14, 2006 and brought a group of the PEPM scholars to have them interviewed for summer internship in the World Bank and IMF.

The PEPM, a partnership program with JJ/WBGSP, aims to build students’ technical competence in the tools of economic management and policymaking, train students in the application of these skills, and educate students about current thinking on the world economic environment as well as its history and institutions.

The students’ classroom training is complemented with a nonremunerated internship, lasting approximately three months, with an economic policy organization, usually at the World Bank or IMF. Students are required to write a paper on their internship experience for review by a Columbia faculty adviser. (JJ/WBGSP scholars will not be eligible for employment with the World Bank or IMF for a period of three years after completion of the program.)

JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum:

JJ/WBGSP scholars and alumni as well as highly qualified mid-career professionals around the world were delighted to participate in the topics of the Discussion Forum on the web: (I) Community Building, (II) Capacity Building, and (III) Program Outreach

I. Community Building
The participants share their experience and consult potential applicants per their requests on different aspects of community related projects, promoting the exchange of global and local knowledge and helping clients apply knowledge to development challenges in their communities:

II. Capacity Building
The participants expressed their great appreciation to the global dfcapacity forum  which offers unique opportunity to exchange updated information on the economic reform and development issues and create a network of relations to promote policy changes.

Most of the discussions focused on:

III. Program Outreach
The participants shared their project experiences on:

JJ/WBGSP invites Program scholars, alumni, and other professionals to present their projects!

Please submit your information (no more than 1 page) to
For more Information, visit JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum.

  II. Scholars News

To help JJ/WBGSP potential applicants to choose University to study the Program is publishing impressions of our former scholars about the program they attended, education they received, and their student's life. We hope this information will be also interesting to our broader audience.

  Studies at University of Texas at Austin, United States: Public Affairs Program
Susan George from India, Year of Graduation 2005

I am a civil servant from India and I was privileged to be chosen as a JJ/WBGSP scholar at the Lyndon B.Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. I graduated in May 2005 and have since returned to my job with the Finance Ministry of the Government of India.

The Master of Public Affairs program at the LBJ School is a comprehensive interdisciplinary program which aims at a fuller understanding of the policy-making process while equipping participants with hands-on experience of policy formulation. The program is designed to include both quantitative and theoretical aspects of public policy and participants are encouraged to define their policy interests with respect to either past experience or future careers.

The student cohort was an interesting mix of American and international students with a wide range of experience and policy interests. The faculty included a well-balanced team of academics and practitioners with long years of administrative and public policy experience at federal, state and local levels. Classroom discussions and assignments were always stimulating and for me personally it was a revelation to observe the numerous similarities in the administrative ethos and processes of the two largest democracies - India and the United States.

The highlight of the program is the capstone requirement of a master's thesis which is called the Professional Report in which students select a public policy problem and propose solutions. My P.R. was on India's drug-pricing policy and I am happy to report that it was selected for two awards for research in public policy.

The U.T. campus is extremely beautiful and its location in Austin, a city with a vibrant political
and cultural atmosphere makes it a great place to study.

My experience with the Public Health Program at the University of Liverpool
Dithan Kiragga from Uganda, Year of Graduation 2004

  I am extremely grateful to the Joint Japanese World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program for funding of my Master of Public Health (MPH) studies at the University of Liverpool, 2004-5. I vividly remember the day I was called by TNT express to collect an urgent letter from the USA. I spent over two hours at their offices, thanking my lucky stars and reading through the award letter over and over again.

The University of Liverpool is one of the best learning institutions in the World. The MPH program was quite intensive and very relevant to my work. It was a combination of well coordinated class tutorials with practical experience. Though the course puts more focus on European Public Health issues, I found the problem solving very similar to our work in the developing world. I was also given the opportunity of doing my dissertation back home.

I had never been to an Institution where staff is so keen on their student’s performance and very willing to help. It was the longest time I had stayed in a developed country and this brought some challenges in terms of weather and culture adjustment plus family pressures. This was compensated by the good stipend the World Bank regularly sent me.

I returned home on the 30 th of September 2005 and was interviewed 2 days later, for a position with Plan International-Uganda, as the Country Health Advisor. I was given the job 10 days later and that is where I am up-to today.

  Program Studies at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Toyin O. Togun from Nigeria, Year of Graduation, 2004

My ultimate career objective is to contribute to the improvement of socioeconomic status of peoples in low-income countries, through the prevention and control of the major infectious diseases associated with poverty. This is particularly important in the developing economies of sub-Sahara Africa where the gains of economic development is now being reversed by scourge of infectious diseases.

With my background in tropical medicine and medical research, I realized that one of the major factors responsible for the failure of most generic public health interventions in developing countries is the failure to contextualize them to suit the peculiar features of developing economies. This is the major reason why I undertook the Master of Science degree in Public Health in Developing Countries at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), through the invaluable sponsorship of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program.

The LSHTM is one of the leading institutions globally in tropical medicine and applied public health research in developing countries. The MSc Public Health in Developing Countries gave me modern skills in multi-disciplinary approaches to define and resolve public health problems as well as health system management in developing countries. The modular nature of the course allowed me to tailor the subjects toward my learning interests and career objective. I benefited immensely from the wealth of experience of the faculty members and the long tradition of accumulated resources. Significant emphasis was also placed towards group problem-solving exercises, fostering the development of multidisciplinary team-working skills with fellow students as we came with experiences from different professional background.

With the skills and expertise that I have gained from this course, I have been adequately positioned to contribute effective leadership in public health management in developing countries through strategic decision making, as well as capacity building by training of others. This advanced public health training I have received is very relevant to interventions in the economic and social systems of developing countries. I am forever grateful to the Government of Japan and the World Bank for the opportunity.

Impressions of the Master Course in Urban Management and Development at IHS – Erasmus University Joint Program, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Camilo Mendoza from Colombia, Year of Graduation 2005

When I was looking for a master in some area related to urban planning and development, I searched for several programs around the world. Nonetheless, I was sure I wanted to study in Europe. Within that continent, a world recognized Country (in those areas) is The Netherlands.

I looked for programs in the UK, Spain, The Netherlands and even Germany. I also looked in the US, but this was my last option; I really wanted to study in Europe.

When I found the program at UNESCO-IHS, supported by Erasmus University, I liked it. It comprises several topics going from urban trends to financial management, passing through land policies, strategic planning, public-private partnerships, etc. This was the most complete program I found. However, I felt that it was so complete and comprehensive, that maybe its duration (only 1 year) could be short to complete the mast er.

Living in the Netherlands was very attractive to me. And Rotterdam, the most important harbor in the world, could be a good experience. Additionally, IHS is well known around the world in the field of urban studies. Considering these facts and the above, I decided to come to IHS.

After 1 year of studies and living experience I am satisfied not only with IHS, but with Rotterdam and The Netherlands in general. Regarding to the course, it was time consuming. I learned a lot of things; tools that can help me in the future to work either in the public or private sector in topics related with urban development.

The course is a managerial one. It means that the new urban managers are not trained to accomplish only one (technical) task or to work with specific software or models. On the contrary, it gives the skills for becoming a manager, a planner.

Negotiation, strategic planning, urban development strategies and policies, improvement and encouragement for the participation of the private sector in public activities, infrastructure management, governance, urban economics, etc are some of the courses of the program. All these are part of the skills we received. These are useful, as mentioned above, not only in the public sector, but in the private as well. I think that I am more competitive thanks to this course and I could look for better professional positions.

Teachers in general were very good. As usual some better than others, or at least I liked some more than others. These are professionals who know what are they talking about, involved not only with academic fields, but with field experiences. That fact facilitates the presentation of real life cases through their own experience. That is very fruitful.

On the participants’ side, also as usual, there are some who are very active in class and at home (studying) and others who were a bit lost in class, especially at the beginning of the course. And this might be a weak point of the master. We were 72 people from all over the world (Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe - maybe it would be good to promote this program also in Western European and North American participants) with different background (architects, engineers, economists, mathematicians, social professionals, etc.) and, of course different culture and way to behave. For some people might be easy to participate and speak in front of 70 other persons, but for others is really hard.
The structure of the program is (as mentioned) time consuming and it could be improved. The core period takes too long and, on the other hand, the time allowed for writing the thesis was too short. IHS is aware of this fact and (as far as I understood) they will modify the structure a little bit, allowing starting the thesis before.

So the weakness of IHS Master Course is at the same time its strength: a real comprehensive and complete urban development program, but organized in a (somehow) short period of time. Nevertheless, for me this was a great academic and life experience; interesting topics, new skills, friends from all over the world, many places, cultures, etc. That combination of studies and social and cultural life makes a complete and real comprehensive experience.

Finally, I am completely sure that the new degree I received will help me to have a successful professional career in the future and to promote development in my Country (and maybe in some other developing countries). Furthermore, I especially appreciate the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program for supporting me during that year, making my “abroad” student life easier and giving me the chance to participate and complete one of the most important personal experiences.

Extension for Natural Resource-Based Livelihoods Program at the University of Reading
Evelyn Gyamfi from Ghana, Year of Graduation 2005

The Extension for Natural Resource-Based Livelihoods program at the University of Reading aims to strengthen professional competence in the design, planning, implementing and managing extension, natural resources and livelihoods activities geared toward reducing poverty. It also provided the opportunities to develop analytical skills through the study of social, economic and technical change in rural communities and understanding of human communication processes.

The program emphasized much on the following: effective dissemination of information about new technology, improving the capacity building of people especially the resource-poor to respond to opportunities for change, the role of women in natural resource management and as change agents, the need for sustaining livelihood systems in rural areas and finally the emphasis between public and private provision of extension and consultancy services.

This program has equipped me to appreciate the wider dimensions of the driving forces of poverty (e.g. lack of resource management skills, dangers of mono crop agriculture, benefits of active involvement of women in economic activities etc).

It has given me skills to design management tools, especially on people-centred issues and also monitoring and evaluation to appraise results for re-planning.

The entire program has given me more knowledge base management of extension and livelihoods activities.

  MSc in Environmental Engineering and Project Management at the University of Leeds
Kenisha Garnett from Guyana, Year of Graduation 2005

The MSc in Environmental Engineering and Project Management at the University of Leeds is quite a diverse program; covering a wide range of concepts in water engineering, wastewater engineering, waste management, project management etc. I found the modules on waste management particularly interesting and it opened my eyes to the need for a more holistic and integrated approach to managing waste in developing countries.

The program itself is very comprehensive with a blend of both theory and practical work. We were taught modules in interactive seminar sessions that were conducive to in-depth classroom discussions and debates. Most modules were designed to provide intense classroom training with oral presentations and research assignments that formed part of coursework. Although the experience of having to do so many oral presentations was quite stressful, I found it a useful confidence building exercise. I thought the research assignments we had to submit a few weeks after the module, provided great opportunity to delve into topics and apply concepts taught in the classroom. We were always encouraged and rewarded for submitting work that was original and not simply a regurgitation of material provided in class. I found this helped me to prepare better for exams, and overall, contributed to my academic growth.

Writing the dissertation was a major component of the MSc programmer and it allowed me to sharpen my interest and knowledge in a particular area. It was quite a challenge having to produce a large research project amidst coursework and exams for other modules but I found good time management helped allot. Although, the pace of work is intense, once you are committed, disciplined and prepared to work very hard, then success is guaranteed!

Overall, my year at the University of Leeds has been a great experience; both academically and socially! Studying in Leeds had the added benefit of living in a great city! There is an endless supply of entertainment, so you can always find things to do with your spare time. It is very cosmopolitan so I got to meet lots of people from many different cultures which made being away from home a bit easier.

Thank you to the Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programmer for providing me with the opportunity to carry out studies at the master's level.

   LLM program in taxation and international trade at the London School of Economics
Roberto P. de Vasconcellos from Brazil, Year of Graduation 2005

I attended the LLM program in taxation and international trade at the London School of Economics (LSE) as a World Bank and Japanese Government scholar in the 2004/5 academic year. I went there with very high expectations and fortunately they were all met. As a student I had access to very modern teaching and research facilities as well as could count on the professors when I needed help of any kind. To every student the LSE assigns a tutor who is entitled to follow the academic performance of their tutees. The tutor can advise students on how to improve their learning and how to understand the way the school assesses its students. In the case of the law department, e.g., tutors can also help understanding how the English legal system works.

The LSE library provides its students a great research facility. In my case, I had access to the most important law journals in the world. Furthermore, being a University of London college, the LSE gives its students access to all the other colleges libraries as well as to the huge international and comparative law library which has more than large four floors of law material of any kind (books, journals, law reports etc). It is also worth mentioning that the LSE main library is open 24 hours during exam time. The school really makes you realize that the modern lawyer must have a global view of the law, not only for academic purposes but also for professional ambitions.

The teaching in the courses related to tax law and international trade which I chose were deep and friendly. My colleagues were very interesting people who contributed a lot to the lively discussions we had in class. The classrooms also became a great place to make friends. There were even times when teachers and students would meet elsewhere to discuss about academic issues and life in general. In case of need, every student can require assistance from their professors by asking their secretaries to arrange some time to talk privately to them at their office. During my time there, I noticed that the professors were always keen to hear other views about the topic they were teaching. In addition, every student is encouraged to develop their own ideas and not just to repeat what has already been said by others.

The LSE accommodation system is also efficient enough to make sure students from different programs live side by side. This proved to me to be a very enriching experience because I made great friends who were attending different programs. The experience we shared made me deepen my view of the world in general. However, unfortunately the LSE does not hold accommodation to every student. Therefore, many of them have to look for private accommodation, but even then the school helps a lot by offering assistance and advisory on how to find the most suitable place to live.

And last but not least, the JJ/WBGSP never failed in depositing the promised stipends, and was very efficient in sending the tickets for the day I chose. I also had no need to worry about the payment of the school tuition and fees. Furthermore, everything I needed and every question I asked was fully answered just by giving the JJ/WBGSP a call or by sending the inquiry by fax.

For all these reasons, I would like to thank the World Bank and the Japanese Government for the generous scholarship which represented a major opportunity in my career.

The JJ/WBGSP would like to ask the recently graduated scholars to share their impressions and experiences

Most of the graduated scholars already returned to their home countries with their new knowledge and degrees. In order to follow up JJ/WBGS Program would like to ask the recently graduated scholars to share their impressions and experiences:

  • Are you happy with the Program and your studies?
  • What are your impressions about your University?
  • What would you recommend to potential applicants?
  • How have you been received in your country?
  • Did you return to your previous organization?
  • Have you received a promotion?

Please describe.

To share your experience with JJ/WBGSP community, please submit your story to

If you have any photos presenting your scholar's activities or your student's life, it will be appreciated if submit them to The best ones will be published on the scholarships website.

JJ/WBGSP assists its graduating scholars in their search for employment

The JJ/WBGSP shares the excitement of the graduating scholars, especially those who had to resign from their jobs in order to take the scholarships, about their future. In our attempt to support JJ/WBGSP graduating scholars, the program is posting their CVs on the JJ/WBGSP website.

These CVs represent an indicator of how much knowledge and expertise they have. It is also the way

  • to acknowledge each other
  • to establish a community of practice, and
  • to be able to exchange experience, ideas, and knowledge

JJ/WBGSP scholars who are close to finishing their academic program and who seek jobs in their home country or in other developing country are advised to send their CV's to the Secretariat. The Secretariat will post them on the JJ/WBGSP website, thereby making them available to companies, corporations and organizations working in developing countries that need well-qualified mid-career professionals.

When preparing your CV for submission, please use Template and Recommendations for Curriculum Vitae for JJ/WBGSP Scholars and Alumni. For details please look through the JJ/WBGSP scholars CVs that have been published on the scholarships website.

The JJ/WBGSP publishes abstracts of scholars' Master theses
To help disseminate knowledge internationally JJ/WBGSP is inviting J/WBGSP scholars to present the abstracts on their Master thesis (up to 35-40 lines with 62-64 characters per line, ) to to have them published on the JJ/WBGSP website.

Along with the abstract you can submit your related publication as an attached .doc or .pdf file. You can alsoprovide a full reference to the bulletin where it was published.

You can submit the same abstract to to initiate the discussion of the subject with other members of the community. Your participation is highly appreciated!

III. Alumni News

The first award at the 3rd International Shared Decision Making conference at the University of Ottawa, Canada
Balde, Abdoul from Guinea, MSc in Epidemiologie, Year of Graduation 2005

The bi-annual 3rd International Shared Decision Making (ISDM) conference was held at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 14-16, 2005. This conference brings together researchers from around the world to share their research in the area of shared decision making in health care. The theme was: "Implementing shared decision making in diverse health care systems and cultures".

I was ending the process of my graduation in Epidemiology at Laval University in Quebec, Canada. I had the opportunity to participate at the conference and did my presentation on my master ’s thesis. The theme was focused on the assessment of men needs for decision support on male sterilization. In according to my findings, health professionals should provide decision support to undergo a vasectomy or not. A decision aid on male sterilization would be useful in this respect.

At the ISDM conference of Ottawa, I received the first award for the first place abstract (student category) from Mme Annette O’Connor who was chairing, ISDM Organizing Committee. I am very grateful to the JJ/WBGSP and would like to thank my thesis Directors, Drs Michel Labrecque and France Légaré, Unité de recherche Évaluative de l’Hôpital Saint François d’Assise, Québec, Canada.

Some experience from my current professional activities
Dr. Redouane Assad from Morocco, MA in Economics and Education, Year of Graduation 2004

It is a big pleasure to share with the current JJ/WBGSP scholars some experience from my current professional activities that I hope will be interesting for the current JJ/WBGSP scholars and professionals from other developing countries. However, I would like firstly to salute all JJ/WBGSP responsible for their effort to help people and give them the opportunity to develop more their knowledge and skills.

In my case, this opportunity has helped me to deepen my knowledge in economics and education, to be better informed in these fields, and the most important to initiate me to economics of education in the international context. It has changed my field of research and interest from physics to one of the most important field: economics of education.

As PhD in Physics, I started working in the Moroccan Ministry of Higher education in 2001. After graduating from Columbia University (2004) and coming back to my country, I continue my professional life in the same office with a new energy. I felt that my training matches completely with my job and that I have more chance than before to develop more and enhance the job-tasks. As consequence, I got some responsibility and became chief and manager of “following up university graduates integration” office. This office is charged to prepare questionnaires, make surveys, and analyze data in order to deduce the main factors influencing the integration of university graduates in the labor market, advise universities for enhancing theirs programs, and reorient student towards demanded profiles.

Additionally, I am doing some research for my private interest. In this regard, I published one paper entitled “university education system in Morocco during the period 1980-2004: beyond numbers” in “Reperes et Perspectives: Management-Economie-Developpement” journal. This paper examines the substantial expansion of university system in Morocco during the period 1980-2004. It showed also that Morocco spends on this level of education an important share of national sources comparatively with developed countries. However, beyond the encouraging percentage, this important share generates a small amount, which can not respond to university system needs because of the modest and small value of Moroccan GDP. The analysis of public expenditure on university education shows that the low performance of university education, that started to be apparent in the 1990s, might be due to cumulative effects of choosing the quantitative expansion of university system as priority during the 1980s without emphasizing on the quality development. It is also shown that the priority has shifted toward qualitative improvement in the period 1990-2004.

Moreover, I submitted two other papers for publication concerning Higher education system in Morocco in the international context (a comparative study), and educational production function in primary education. I also participated in the Bulletin of Moroccan Economists Forum (monthly intern publication) by some reflections on Higher education reform, Investment in Human capital, Over education and Brain Drain.

Finally, good luck for all JJ/WBGSP scholars and alumni in their professional life.

JJ/WBGSP publishes an alumni roster to present their credentials

As the World Bank focuses on building capacity in developing countries to carry out effective socioeconomic development, the JJ/WBGSP is an invaluable resource for building skills and imparting competencies. Training human resources for the developing world is a major contribution to the sustainable economic development of these countries and the key element for success in the fight against poverty.

In recognition of the contribution of the JJ/WBGSP alumni to the capacity building of the developing countries, the program decided to publish their profiles.

The objectives are:

  • to interact constructively with the alumni
  • to create an alumni community and to let members be better informed about each other, by drawing attention to their contributions to the development process in their countries, &
  • to provide an opportunity for people interested in learning about the Program in-depth by getting information from the former scholars

Every month we have over one hundred fifty thousand visitors to our website and this number is growing. Professionals from different countries are interested to be in touch and to discuss their career and professional experience as well as their social issues. International corporations are looking for specialists with good level of education and high professional skills in different areas for different regions.

The Program publishes an alumni roster on the JJ/WBGSP website to present their credentials, professional experience, and educational background.

If you as JJ/WBGSP alumnus are interested in having your CV published on the JJ/WBGSP website, please submit it to . You can submit one page of information (up to 2000 characters, including spaces), along with your photo, if available.

When preparing your CV for submission, please use Template and Recommendations for Curriculum Vitae for JJ/WBGSP Scholars and Alumni. For details please look through the JJ/WBGSP alumni CVs that have already been posted on the scholarships website.

The JJ/WBGSP publishes alumni abstracts/information of the current research, practical development issues, and/or professional experience

To facilitate knowledge sharing JJ/WBGSP is inviting JJ/WBGSP alumni to present an abstract/information of the current research, practical development issues, and/or professional experience (up to 35-40 lines with 62-64 characters per line) to to have it published on the JJ/WBGSP website.

If you have any photos presenting your activities when working at the project, you are welcome to submit them to The quality ones will be published on the scholarships website.

You can submit the same abstract to to initiate the discussion of the subject with the other members of the community. Your participation is highly appreciated!

Announcement for JJ/WBGSP alumni

The Secretariat considers you essential to sustainable development and capacity enhancement in the developing world, and to the continued success of the JJ/WBGSP. We are proud of you and your achievements in enhancing development process in your country.

The Program continues its efforts to strengthen the community embodied by its alumni of development practitioners. In order to do so the Secretariat encourages you to update your contact information as it changes by sending an e-mail to the JJ/WBGSP at

Graduated scholars whose CVs have been published on the scholarships website and who would like to keep them under Alumni Profile are encouraged to submit a revised version or send an e-mail to with the updated information (address, current employment, and other).

IV. Participate in JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum!

We encourage you to participate in the Discussion Forum on our main topics.

Members of JJ/WBGSP Discussion Forum have an opportunity

  • to participate in the on-line discussions
  • to facilitate the international exchange of information on the current theory, research, development, and practice
  • to enhance knowledge and professional skills through interaction with colleagues around the world
  • to gain professional recognition by exchanging experience, ideas, opinions, research results and providing support to the junior colleagues

Let us hear what YOU think about the the topics to be discussed:

Community Building Community Building
Capacity Building Capacity Building
Program Outreach Program Outreach

V. If you need more information about scholarships  and JJ/WBGS Program please click on the link below:

The World Bank is committed to learning and capacity building as essential steps toward sustainable development and the eradication of poverty throughout the world. The World Bank Institute (WBI) supports the Bank’s learning and capacity building agenda through a variety of means, including the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP).

The JJ/WBGSP vividly demonstrates the Government of Japan’s continuing commitment to enhance capacity building in developing countries around the globe. Over the years, Japan has contributed close to $150 million to the World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (renamed the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program in 1995 to reflect Japan’s central role).

To maximize the Program’s impact, the JJ/WBGSP has set up 11 Partnership Programs with universities in the United States, Japan and Africa which provide graduate study programs tailored to regional concerns.

The JJ/WBGS Program only sponsors mid-career professionals from developing countries for master's degree studies in development related fields. To apply for a JJ/WBGSP scholarship under the Regular Program, an applicant must read carefully the Application Guidelines.

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